From left: PJIAH Managing Director Dexter Doncher, Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company PJIAE Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo, PJIAE Chief Operations Officer Michel Hyman, PJIAH former Managing Director Joe Peterson and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Stuart Johnson.
AIRPORT–Retired Managing Director of Princess Juliana International Airport Holding (PJIAH) Company NV Joe Peterson took centre stage at a farewell luncheon at iZi Restaurant on Friday, August 2. Peterson officially retired two years ago as PJIAH’s official decisionmaker.
Past member of the PJIAH Supervisory Board of Directors Dexter Doncher was officially appointed as his successor per August 1, 2017.
Peterson’s longstanding career resulted in 18 years of service at the airport. He reminisced about his journey at the helm of the holding company during a private event which included his wife Charlotte Peterson-Van Viegen, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Stuart Johnson, Supervisory Board of Directors Chairman Michel Hodge, the Management Board of Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company PJIAE and close friends.
At the close of the luncheon he was awarded tokens of appreciation for his years of service from Minister Johnson and the airport.
“When our citizens dedicate their lives to the development of our country it is always sad to see them leave companies or organisations they’ve helped build. Joe Peterson will be genuinely missed, as he dedicated a large portion of his adult life to the growth and development of Princess Juliana International Airport,” Johnson said.
“As Managing Director of the PJIAH, you provided us with exceptional service and leadership. Therefore, on behalf of the government of St. Maarten and a grateful nation, I salute you.”
“The major part of my life involves the airport, because my father was an operator at PJIA. I can recall teaching my sister to ride a bicycle on the old runway, as there was sometimes one flight a week back then,” Peterson told the gathering. “Relationships made with HBN Law [office – Ed.] were crucial, as I learned a lot from its team and put it to good use at the airport. Today, I can undoubtedly say that those teachings served as some of my high points during my tenure.
“Dexter Doncher is not in a good position to take his role lightly. I wish him much courage, perseverance and strength to bounce back from this very difficult time after Hurricane Irma. I’m also hurt by the slow pace of the reconstruction of the airport and will remain just a phone call away to lend any assistance to my second home.”